Welcome to CyNam 21.3

Keeping The Lights On – Building Resilience Into Our Critical National Infrastructure 

October 21st – 18:00 – 20:00 Hybrid Event

When it comes to our Critical National Infrastructure and it’s deep connectivity within society, how do organisations keep these complex but essential functions of our existence safe from harm, and safeguard our critical infrastructure assets.

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About CyNam

Welcome to CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham). 

CyNam is a platform for enabling the growth and development of people and organisations within Cheltenham’s flourishing cyber technology ecosystem.

CyNam is a UK based Community Interest Company which operates as a Not For Profit organisation. 

CyNam’s mission to support the growth and the development of the cyber tech sector is driven by an unselfish aim to serve this community and help create conditions for cyber tech innovation and education.

We provide the capability, community and culture to bring together industry, government and academia. 


  • Welcome (Start time 18:00)

    CyNam ambassador Reid Derby and CyNam Director and Chairperson, Madeline Howard open the event.

  • NCSC - Setting The Scene

    An Senior Representative from the NCSC opens up the event, in this leading keynote which sets the scene on the current challenges in securing the CNI space today.

  • Keys to the Kingdom: UK CNI Cyber Resilience

    Chaired by Guy Kramer from CyberRes (Micro Focus), a lively panel discussion from across CNI industries, including speakers from EDF Energy, Wessex Water, National Grid and Rubrik.

  • CACI - Leveraging technology to improve “research to operations” capability for Space Weather prediction

    Nick Barnes - Senior Technical Consultant, CACI

    CACI and the Met Office are working in close partnership to improve the UK’s capabilities for space weather monitoring and prediction. This session focusses specifically on how technology is being used to enhance workflows and remove traditional hurdles in the “research to operations” process – ensuring new and exciting capability is strongly integrated and valuable throughout it’s lifecycle, avoiding a long and painful transition into an operational environment.

  • BREAK 18:50 - 19:20 BST

    For virtual attendees, you can join one of our online breakout sessions.

    For our physical attendees, you can grab a bottle and enjoy a demonstration of Bristol University's CNI Testbed.

  • CNI Planning & Preparedness

    Professor Allan Cook - Deloitte/ De Montfort University

    CyNam's Reid Derby joins Dr Allan Cook for an fireside chat about how we maintain uptime of essential services and how CNI providers can plan and prepare for the response required in large scale CNI events.

  • Meet The start ups

    Saj Huq - Director of Innovation at Plexal

    Rob Kearney- Innovation Ecosystem Lead at Plexal

    After announcing the NCSC For Startups programme back in June, we touch base with the first intake of exciting new startups to discuss their progress and experiences of being the new innovative kids on the block.

  • cheltenham innovation news

    Bruce Gregory & Madeline Howard - CyNam

    CyNam director Bruce Gregory and Chairperson Madeline Howard give us the run-down of the exciting developments underway in the Cheltenham ecosystem - from new innovation spaces and initiatives in cyber skills growth.

  • video: the next generation

    Get to know the next generation of leaders and cyber/tech professionals as we make introductions to young people making their way in a career in the cyber/tech sector.

  • event close (20:00 BST)

Speaker Biographies

Guy Kramer, Lead Solutions Consultant, CyberRes, (Micro Focus)

Guy Kramer is currently serving as a Lead Solutions Consultant (Cyber Security) for CyberRes (Micro Focus). Mr. Kramer comes with over 13 years of experience in Cybersecurity, 9 of those years specifically working for companies such as Thales/Rolls-Royce and many military client globally. 4 years experience as a Senior Consultant for CapGemini at Rolls-Royce Nuclear and Aero, with a further 5 years as a senior SIOC Consultant for HPE globally for security operation building/assessing/advisory for government/military and commercial clients. Mr. Kramer has been in cyber consulting for 9 years with roles originally from SOC analyst/hunt to SOC Manager, SIEM architect, covering from technical to business operations and strategy.

Within CyberRes  (Micro Focus) Mr Kramer is the EMEA strategic advisor for “Go To Market” across CyberRes portfolios for military and public sector, as well the Security Operations pillar lead within Professional Services.

Cavus Batki, DevSecOps Security Manager, EDF Energy UK

Security Manager with experience in National Security and Critical National Infrastructure in the UK and abroad.

 James Weston, Senior Security Manager, Wessex Water

An experienced and passionate cyber security professional, actively involved in a number of local, and national security communities. Specialising in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), Industrial Controls Systems, and SCADA Security.

Currently studying towards a PhD in Critical National Infrastructure Cyber Security, focussing on developing sustainable resilience.

James Blake, Field CTO Security, Rubrick

Cyber resiliency thought-leader, public speaker and advisor with operational experience in helping some of the World’s largest enterprises and governments transform their approach to cyber risk management and operations.

Philip Tonkin, Global Head of Cyber Operational Technology, National Grid

Philip has worked in the energy business for over 20 years, working in a wide range of disciplines.  From field engineering to senior leadership positions, he has always been passionate about solving the challenges of digitising the energy supply industry.   Using an understanding of the systems used by the industry along with experience in making decisions as an asset manager, he has led a number of key projects to move forward the understanding of cyber threat.

Nick Barnes, Senior Technical Consultant, CACI

Responsible for a team of 11 delivering the Met Office’s Space Weather programme. He joined CACI in 2016, and worked on a variety of projects before joining and leading Space Weather for around 3 years. He has a keen interest in what motivates and drives people to work the way they do, and how technology can be used to underpin and enhance their personal and organisation’s essential processes.

Dr Allan Cook – Deloitte/De Montford University

Dr Allan Cook provides strategies and solutions to deliver transformational change across a variety of markets, fused with research-led thought leadership derived from a continuing engagement with academia.

His skills and experience encompass organisational leadership, P&L responsibility, business development and relationship management, and security solution development across the full spectrum of cyber disciplines; from design, through build, to operations and ongoing assessment.

He has specific expertise in information security strategy, resilience, architecture and design, red teaming, security operations centres (SOCs), incident response management, industrial control systems and operational technology, data protection and privacy, cyber threat intelligence, information security and risk management.

Saj Huq – Director of Innovation, Plexal

Leading Plexal’s Innovation Services business and a member of Plexal’s senior management team. Accountable for strategy, growth, strategic partnerships and new venture development.

Saj also holds subject matter expertise in ecosystem building, public-private partnerships, innovation strategy and startup growth and has tech domain expertise in Cyber Security, Fintech and Deep Tech.

Rob Kearney, Innovation Ecosystem Lead, Plexal

An Engineer by education, Rob started his career in aerospace before jumping into the energy industry. It was here that Rob made his way into innovation, leading the UK’s Sourcing and Growth strategy for a European CVC fund. It was also where Rob first met the Plexal team, where he now works, leading Plexal’s engagement with the NCSC